July 16th will be remembered as a day when we lost two cinematic legends. Following the heartbreaking news of George A. Romero's passing, it's now been reported that actor Martin Landau has passed away at the age of 89.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Landau passed away at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center from "unexpected complications."
Nominated several times for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar (including for his work in Francis Ford Coppola's Tucker: The Man and His Dream and Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors), Landau played horror icon Bela Lugosi opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Ed Wood, a superb supporting performance that earned him the Oscar win.
In addition to Coppola, Allen, and Burton, Landau worked with the great Alfred Hitchcock in North by Northwest. He would go on to appear in The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, one of many guest-starring roles on genre television series, including The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. Many TV viewers also remember Landau as disguise extraordinaire Rollin Hand in the Mission: Impossible series and Commander John Koenig in Space: 1999, and his work on the big screen included genre projects such as Without Warning, The Return, and Alone in the Dark.
A true testament to hard work, longevity, and mastering one's craft, Landau continued acting to the end, reprising his role as Bob Ryan in the Entourage film, acting opposite Christopher Plummer in Remember, and recently starring in The Last Poker Game. His legacy will live on for future generations to enjoy, study, and discover. Our thoughts are with Landau's family and friends as they deal with the difficult days ahead and reflect upon the memories that will last a lifetime.